Registration is now open! Click HERE to register and pay online.

The 2019 conference is being hosted by Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, from January 18-20. The conference will take place at Fogelman Executive Conference Center and Hotel. For full logistics and details, see this page. To download the conference program as a PDF, click here.

Program Chair: Han Li
Local Arrangements Chair: Chia-rong Wu

Abstract Submissions

The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2018.
If you have questions, please contact the program chair. 

Panel Submissions          Individual Paper Submissions

Book and Article Prize Competitions

The Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies requests nominations for its annual book and article prize competitions. Applications are due August 31, 2018 and winners will be announced at the SEC/AAS annual meeting. Nominations should be made directly by the author, who must be or become a member of SEC/AAS. To be eligible for the book or article prize, the submission should have a 2017 publication date, treat a topic in Asian Studies, and have been been written or researched primarily in the SEC/AAS region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

For the article prize, applicants should submit pdfs via e-mail with “SEC/AAS article prize” in the subject line to Dr. Catherine Phipps.

For the book prize, applicants should send three hard copies to Dr. Krista van Fleit:
SEC/AAS Book Prize Chair
Welsh Humanities Office Bldg., 811A
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

A list of past winners may be found here.

Graduate Student Travel Awards

SEC/AAS will make available three grants of $200 to ease the cost of participation for graduate students presenting papers at the conference. Indicate your graduate student status and whether you would like to be considered for an award along with your
personal information when submitting your proposal to the Program Chair.
Preference in the awards will be given to graduate students at schools in the southeast region who must travel at least 200 miles to the conference location.


Memphis Info


Getting here

Memphis International Airport serves nearly 40 airports with direct flights, and campus is a short drive from the airport. 


Local Attractions

National Civil Rights Museum       Beale Street        Graceland          

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art       The Japanese Garden in Memphis Botanic Garden


Fogelman Executive Conference Center & Hotel

300 Innovation Drive
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-5410

SEC/AAS is contracted with the FECC and must meet the agreed occupancy rate. Please support the conference by staying at the FECC. Reservations can be made with the hotel by calling the number above. When making a reservation, please ask for the Association for Asian Studies conference rate ($90 per night). If all guest rooms in the SEC/AAS block are sold out, please inquire about any regular rate rooms in the FECC and indicate that you are booking to attend the SEC/AAS conference.

Airport transportation is provided by the hotel for
overnight guests from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.
Advance notice of 4 hours is required.


Alternate Hotel: Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis

3700 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN 38152
(901) 678-8200